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Business, Parties, and Your Partner: Just Stir?

I haven't had the option for a while now until recently, but historically spreaking, I'm pro bringing the significant other to business parties.  I've looked at the wife-less and the husband-less at the annual holiday party and thought it sad.  Some chalk it up to the rising rates of babysitters, but I've definitely always thought: May I never have a day where I go to a holiday party without my man when it's an option.  I'm fine on my own, but I prefer to bring the other half of the team.

Of course, I go to a lot of industry things in Los Angeles, so constant companionship does seem too much to ask (much less afford on occasion), but recently I took The Boyfriend to a Women in Film party for the PSA program which I've been involved with.  And I don't think it was too horrible, but yeah, I guess it was probably more boring than not for him.  I know I was really glad he was there.

It's tricky, and I'm speaking generally here, because I love going to things like that, mine or his.  I like meeting new people and going out and milling.  I enjoy spending time with my man like that and similarly being there for him.  I do hope my man is the same way.  I don't care if he's a schmooze-bot, but I do value the company and the opportunity to introduce him to peeps.  I want him to be part of that life sometimes, to know who I am in my career, even if it's a cursory participation. 

But, I do worry that he's bored.  I guess the key is that I do go to parties to have fun.  It's a personal rule for me that networking is secondary to fun if it's a party.  But it's the film industry, and networking just occurs naturally.  Perhaps that discussion on high-definition filmmaking wasn't the most interesting conversation he's listened to in the past week.

Still, if he'll go, I'll keep inviting him, and I'll be glad he's there.  How about you?  Significant others at business parties:  pro or con?

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